Pupils from a Derby City Primary School drew inspiration from meeting Derbyshire first team players – and have gone on to remarkable achievements on the national ASDA Kwik Cricket stage.
The Dale Primary School Girls team won the National Championship at Headingley and the boys’ team finished runners-up, from a competition originally entered by over 5,000 schools from across the UK.
The two teams had to win tournaments at city and county level in order to qualify for the Headingley Finals Day, in which they competed versus teams from Yorkshire, Durham, Norfolk and Cheshire.
Back in April, after receiving expert coaching as part of the Cricket Derbyshire Chance to Shine Programme, the pupils enjoyed a visit to the County Ground. They formed a match-day guard of honour for the players of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and had the opportunity to meet first team players including Captain Wayne Madsen and star overseas batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
The group were also photographed with the LV= County Championship Second Division trophy which was won by Derbyshire in September 2012.
Cricket Derbyshire Director of Partnerships Ryan Duckett added: “Many congratulations to the boys and girls from Dale Primary School for their fantastic achievement.
“As well as our extensive coaching programme across the county, we have been welcoming schools and recreational cricket club junior groups to matches throughout the season. This is a great example of how this engagement can develop and inspire not only cricket participation, but success.
“We want to see these youngsters – and all Kwik Cricketers throughout the county – continue to play cricket within schools and in recreational club cricket. Some of them may then become Derbyshire stars of the future.”
Dale Primary teacher and cricket coach Ian McMahon said: “The pupils have worked incredibly hard this year. They deserve their success and we are all very proud.
“We had a tremendous day at the County Ground earlier in the season and it was a great opportunity for the kids to learn more about cricket and meet the stars of the game. This, along with the professional coaching they have received, played a massive part in inspiring the teams to their success.
“We’d like to thank everybody connected with the competition, including everyone at Headingley, for hosting an amazing finals day which was enjoyed by all.”
Derby City Councillor Gulfraz Nawaz said: “It’s great to see a school from Derby City achieving national recognition and representing the city and county in such a manner.
“Dale Primary have a reputation for achieving success in sport and all connected to the school should take great credit.
“Cricket teaches young people excellent values and I hope the pupils from Dale Primary will continue to participate in the sport within the school and club environments.”
The successful pupils have been invited back to the County Ground for the Yorkshire Bank 40 match versus Durham Dynamos, on Thursday 15th August, to celebrate their success.
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